In this case, the informational tidbit was my observation that our current electricity usage seems perplexingly high. Our new house is Energy Star rated and our SUMMER e-bills are quite low relative to those of the general population. The trouble is, those bills didn't drop as much as I expected once the WINTER came and the air conditioning system stopped running.
In my old house, summer bill = 3x winter bill. Here, summer bill = 1.5x winter bill. Anyone who lives in the south knows that makes no intuitive sense: air conditioners are supreme energy pigs, consuming way, WAY more than all other consumer devices. We should not be having only a third of our total bill devoted to the a/c, so I don't know if this apparently-high baseline usage is simply due to the chronic load we put on our system (remember, I run my entire office out of the house), or whether there are serious bleeds and inefficiencies.
Enter The Engineer and his credit card for the prompt purchase of a TED monitoring system:
|One could question the wisdom of spending two hundred bucks on an energy monitor, but the thing might end up paying for itself.|